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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 11, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I had to go back to my Word-a-Day calender this week.  I chose these words because I think they’re fun.

1. pungle – “The team members decided to pungle up for pizza.”

Pungle is a verb that means to make a payment or contribution of money — usually used with up.


2. thimblerig – “After her car required its sixth repair in as many weeks, she began to suspect that she had been thimblerigged by the seemingly sweet old lady who sold it to her.”

Thimblerig is a verb that means to cheat by trickery.


3. shunpike – “When we realized we’d forgotten to bring money for tolls, we began frantically casting about for a route relying on shunpikes.”

A shunpike is a side road used to avoid the toll on or the speed and traffic of a superhighway.  I take a shunpike whenever I go to visit my mom!


What words do you want to celebrate today?

24 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2013 5:07 am

    Now I do like all of those words 🙂 I was wondering if we had been thimblerigged by the dealer whilst on holiday for our car repairs on seeing the bill!

  2. September 11, 2013 6:54 am

    What great words, I like pungle best.

  3. September 11, 2013 7:39 am

    I think I can put pungle and thimblerig into use! All three of these were new to me.

  4. September 11, 2013 7:45 am

    Nice ones! I’m going to try and add pungle to my vocab. It sounds like British slang.

    • September 12, 2013 1:04 am


      Pungle is a word of Spanish origin and certainly not a word I have ever come across before, here in the UK. It definitely appears to be a US word.

  5. September 11, 2013 7:55 am

    These are great to say outloud! They are all new to me too. Pungle and thimblerig are both fab!

    Here’s mine this week. I couldn’t see the linky so is it ok to post a link here?

  6. Patty permalink
    September 11, 2013 9:26 am

    Very cool choices…indeed!

  7. September 11, 2013 9:42 am

    I am in favor of any word related to pizza in any way.

  8. September 11, 2013 10:43 am

    Nice ones

  9. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 11, 2013 11:17 am

    Ha! the word pungle made me laugh. Great words, Kathy!

  10. lab1990 permalink
    September 11, 2013 11:25 am

    I really love pungle. It sounds like something you would do when playing a sport. LOL

    Lauren from

  11. September 11, 2013 11:31 am

    what great words this week! love shunpike and pungle especially!

  12. wcs53 permalink
    September 11, 2013 11:48 am

    These are all great words. Now I need to work out when I can use them!

  13. September 11, 2013 12:39 pm

    I’m glad you chose fun words this week. I can see using pungle on a regular basis.I often say pony-up which means the same thing. Pungle up just sounds classier. Thanks.

  14. September 11, 2013 12:44 pm

    These are fun, silly words that tickle the tongue. I think they go nicely with my word today: footle!

  15. September 11, 2013 1:18 pm

    You always find great words. I love the sound of pungle.

  16. September 11, 2013 5:38 pm

    These are fun! I wish more words like these got some everyday use 🙂

  17. September 11, 2013 5:56 pm

    These are fun words! The calendar is a great source of words! 😀

  18. September 11, 2013 7:14 pm

    What great words! It would be so fun to use them and see how people react when they hear them!

  19. September 11, 2013 11:35 pm

    Very fun words! I’d like to try to use pungle next time we dine out for pizza.

  20. September 12, 2013 1:07 am

    Hi Kathy,

    Some great fun words this week, all of them new to me. Pungle is definitely my favourite and certainly the most ‘user friendly’ in everyday conversation.

    Thanks for sharing your new words and for hosting. Even though I may not contribute every week, I always enjoy stopping by to see what great new finds you have all managed to come up with.


  21. September 13, 2013 1:46 am

    I’m planning to use “pungle” next time!

  22. bookingmama permalink
    September 16, 2013 10:03 am

    Those are fun words! I like thimblerig!

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